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20 Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom

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Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom

The Karate Kid (1984) is a very inspirational movie from the 80's that tells the story of a bullied teenage boy (Daniel LaRusso) and how he managed to rise above his teenage problems, with the help of a karate master named Kesuke Miyagi (Mr. Miyagi).

The movie is full of inspirational lessons, not only for karate, but for life as well. Later it became a classic trilogy with 2 more movies. There was one last movie, without Daniel, but with a girl being also taught by the one and only, Mr. Miyagi.

The fictional character karate master was played by the late Pat Morita, and was one of the reasons behind the great success of the "Karate Kids". Morita's acting was outstanding and his character was one of a kind.

Mr. Miyagi begins to appear has a simple maintenance man that fix things for people. But as the movie progresses we get exposed to his wisdom and knowledge, we realize he is much more than just a "maintenance guy".

The simple, humble and focused ways of Mr. Miyagi collide with the rebellious and curious ways of teenager Daniel. We get to see and learn a lot more than just karate, as Mr. Miyagi delivers life lessons: in every challenge he puts Daniel to the test, and, in the philosophy he delivers to his apprentice.

Fast forward to 2018 and until present time. a Netflix Series name "Cobra Kai" was made, and it's the sequel to the original Karate Kid movies. 

Daniel is older, but the Miyagi teachings remain and are relived throughout the series seasons. Eventually Daniel ends up with students of his own, and they learn the Miyagi-Do ways and teachings, just like Mr. Miyagi taught him, 

We've decide to focus on the wisdom behind the master, and analyze the words of Mr. Miyagi most of them, of course, directed to his discipline Daniel. We bring to you the best quotes from Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi Quotes For Wisdom


Mr. Miyagi Karate Kid Part 1 Quotes


1. "If come from inside you, always right one." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie scene: While learning how to prune a bonsai, Daniel is not sure how to do it, Miyagi has the right advice to encourage him.
Quote significance: Your inner gut knows what's fits you, and will give you the right answers, just trust your instincts. 

2. "You trust the quality of what you know, not quantity." - Mr. Miyagi 

Movie scene: Daniel is not confident expressing if he knows karate or not, in fact he simply doesn't know if he knows. Mr. Miyagi is very direct with such incoherent speech, of course he doesn't know. 
Quote significance: What matters is the content, how deep you know it and how confident you are in what you know, not how many things you know.

Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom: "No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do."
3. "No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are talking about the Cobra Kai students, the young boy wants revenge from what they have done to him. Miyagi explains it's not a matter of them being bad in their nature, but rather a problem in their attitude. Who taught them karate taught them wrong. Karate for defense only.
Quote significance: It's on the teacher to deliver and guide his students to become better, before criticize any student we must no forget that. But it's essential that the student does what the teacher tells him to do.

4. "To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Miyagi is convincing Daniel to go the his high-school Halloween party. Time to have some fun with his colleagues and of course to meet Ali again.
Quote significance: This is great wordplay, a old prune is a dried plum. In this case, Daniel must go and meet Ali, that is the right fit for  him. 

5. "Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later...get squish just like grape" - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: After confronting Sensei John Kreese and the Cobra Kai and making a commitment that Daniel would fight in the All Valley Tournament if the Cobra Kay boys leave them alone, it's time to start the Daniel's training. Mr. Miyagi senses Daniel is not that sure about starting karate lessons, so he uses this metaphor to show Daniel that he must be sure about learning karate. 
Quote significance: Chose your side, if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything.

6.  "Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no." You karate do "guess so," (get squished) just like grape." - Mr. Miyagi 

Movie Scene: So, Mr. Miyagi wants Daniel to fully commit to the process of learning karate, and not just go with the flow and see how it works out.
Quote significance: If you 're going to do it, do it to the fullest or don't do it at all. Put full effort on everything you do. Or else, you'll have to deal with bad consequences. 

7. "First make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Before putting Daniel to work (with unusual methods, like washing cars, painting the fence or waxing the floor), Mr. Miyagi makes sure Daniel will stick to his teachings and methods no matter what. 
Miyagi knows Daniel won't understand it at first, but he needs to have faith in his teacher and trust what he teaches. 
Quote significance: Again the master/apprentice relationship and it's necessary discipline. Discipline you can apply to any business deal or pact you make, honor your agreements and make sure people understand that you're serious about it too.

8. "Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: This is an historic movie quote, the background of it is, Daniel asked if Mr. Miyagi could teach him Karate, Mr. Miyagi agreed. But the first lessons are nothing like a Karate class, Daniel has to perform some domestic tasks like painting a fence, sanding the floor or waxing cars, not knowing these tasks will give them some necessary skills for Karate moves, he goes desperate. How Mr. Miyagi reacts to this? By repeating what Daniel has to do....

Daniel eventually uses theses methods in the recent Cobra Kay tv series with the Miyagi-Do students. Of course, the new generations don't understand the importance. 

Quote significance: What's the inspiration behind it? Well, do the hard work the master tells you to do, although you aren't seeing what benefits will come from there. In the future you will see, but only if you don't stop and keep on working. No questions, just trust and do it.

9. "Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?"  - Mr. Miyagi
Movie Scene: This is the rowboat scene, where Mr. Miyagi shakes the boat that makes Daniel lose balance and fall into the water. Miyagi was laughing his ass off. That shows he has a relatable sense of humor, and knew how to have fun
This is one of the most important lessons about balance. Something Cobra Kai lacks. Everyone needs a Sensei like Mr. Miyagi.
Quote significance: Balance is a double meaning word, you need balance to stand up and not fall, but you need balance in your life areas, or else your life will become unstable.

10. “First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule Daniel son, not mine” - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Daniel is insisting in learning how to punch and know karate, so he can fight the Cobra Kai boys.
Quote significance: Don't rush things, don't try to learn everything once, don't try to go to the next level, when you haven't mastered the level you are in. You need to learn the basics so you can get to the more difficult aspects.

Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom: “Man who catch fly with chopstick, accomplish anything.”
11. “Man who catch fly with chopstick, accomplish anything.” - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Mr. Miyagi is trying to catch flies with a chopstick, despite never catching one. So he recites an old saying about it, Daniel tries it, and gets lucky, he catches a fly. 
Quote significance: Again tradition, but also a funny moment that leaves Mr. Miyagi perplexed. Focus and quickness can help you achieve unbelievable things. 

12.  "Just remember, license never replace eye, ear, and brain." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Daniel's birthday present number 2 is a car, it's up to Daniel to pick one from Mr. Miyagi collection. 
You also see this car featured in Cobra Kai Netflix series. It's also funny that Daniel ended up owning a car dealership: When Daniel takes Johnny to pick up a car, he simply says, "choose." Mr. Miyagi delivered the line exactly the same way when asking Daniel to pick which car he wanted as a birthday present.
Quote significance: Daniel just got his driving license and Mr. Miyagi gives this advice. Rely on your instincts and skills not on a license when you drive, that can be apply to any type of license or degree.

Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom: "Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better."
13. "Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: After talking about the driving license. Daniel expresses he's scared about the tournament. Mr. Miyagi reminds him about the balance lesson and how it applies to all life issues.
Quote significance: This quote completes the other reference to balance and it's double meaning. Here we highlight the fact that lessons learned in sports can be a valuable lesson for everything in life.

Mr. Miyagi Karate Kid Part 2 Quotes


Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom: “Never put passion in front of principle, even if you win, you’ll lose”
14. “Never put passion in front of principle, even if you win, you’ll lose” - Mr. Miyagi
Movie Scene: Sato challenged Mr Miyagi to fight when he found out about Yukie being Miyagi's girlfriend.  Miyagi went against tradition and against parent arrangement, but he left the village because of it. A strong decision based on principles. But what he doesn't know is that Yukie never married Sato because of her love for Miyagi.
Quote significance: Your feelings can betray you, it's sad but true. Elaborate your principles when you are calm and focused. When pressure times arrive you know what to do, and you don't have to give in to momentarily feelings, that can destroy what you have worked so hard for.

15. “Here are the 2 Rules of Miyagi-Ryu Karate. Rule Number 1: ‘Karate for defense only.’ Rule Number 2: ‘First learn rule number 1.’” - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Miyagi is showing Daniel the secret to Miyagi family karate. Simplicity and focus on the basics.
Quote significance: Pay attention to the rules, if they exist it's because someone wise and experienced lived something before you did, and wrote them. Learning the rules it's not the same thing as reading them, it takes time and dedication. 

16. "Daniel-San, lie become truth only if person wanna believe it." - Mr. Miyagi 

Movie Scene: While in Okinawa, Mr. Miyagi is called a coward by Sato's people, Daniel asks him if he's not bothered that people called them that. The answer is self-explanatory
Quote significance: Brutal quote, self explanatory.  If you know the truth there is nothing to worry about, although people will gossip and manipulate the truth, try to remain aside of this with a simple test.

Mr. Miyagi Karate Kid Part 3 Quotes


17. "Only root karate come from Miyagi. Just like bonsai choose own way grow because root strong you choose own way do karate same reason." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Daniel made a lease for a new bonsai store with the money he had for college, although being against it Mr. Miyagi starts the new business. They are now picking up a bonsai, and Daniel says that his karate comes from Mr. Miyagi, so the sensei replies using the bonsai has an example. 
Quote significance: You are the only possible version of you don't copy others, you have to give value to your roots, because they will be the foundations of what you can become. So strong roots, and strong foundations, equal a stronger and better you in the future if you make use of them.

18. "If karate used defend honor, defend life, karate mean something. If karate used defend plastic metal trophy, karate no mean nothing." - Mr. Miyagi 

Movie Scene: There's a new rule in the All Valley Tournament for this year, the defending champion only needs to fight in the final match. Daniel is trying to convince Mr. Miyagi that they should participate. Miyagi explains why he's against the idea in Miyagi fashion...
Quote significance: Is there a higher purpose in your daily actions? What kind of purpose are you chasing? Having a higher purpose will give you unstoppable energy in the pursuit of your goals.

19. “It’s ok to lose to opponent. It’s never okay to lose to fear" - Mr. Miyagi 
Movie Scene: This is the turning point of the final fight. The regret of losing to fear will haunt you for your entire life if you let it. Flashbacks keep Miyagi's spirit alive in the show Cobra Kai. I watch this scene whenever im down..It helps me to re focus! Of course, John Kreese and Mike Barnes must hate this quote.
Quote significance: Give your best when you play, you might lose but at least you did your best and that's what matters. When you lose to negative thoughts like fear, you aren't able to give your best, so you already lost before even playing.

Mr. Miyagi The Next Karate Kid Quotes


20. "Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance." - Mr. Miyagi

Movie Scene: Julie (Hillary Swank) is looking at two monks and she's stunned by seeing them have a good time, they are dancing. So Mr.Miyagi finds a way to explain to the young girl that it's ok, in fact, it's necessary quality to be a true leader. 
Quote significance: A funny quote with a great leadership lesson inside. Leaders must be versatile and lead by example, they must know how to lead, how to correct people, but also have fun with it.

Mr. Miyagi Quotes Suggestions From Followers 


21. "Daniel-san... [taps his head] Karate here. [taps his heart] Karate here.[points to his belt]Karate never here. Understand?" -  Mr. Miyagi

22. "... use head for something other than target." - Mr Miyagi (cobra kai teacher)

23. " One to one problem, yes. FIVE to one problem, too much ask anyone. " - Mr Myiagi

24. "Because sometimes, what heart know, head forget." - Mr Myiagi

25. "Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land. " - Mr Miyagi

26. "Never keep lady waiting." - Mr. Miyagi

27. "Why break boards? What boards do to you? That kind stuff not teach you how to conquer anger, Julie-san. Understand?" - Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom:  "It's stupid when neighborhood gangs kill each other with no reason. It's stupid when countries fight wars. Not stupid to respect all living things." - Mr. Miyagi
28. "It's stupid when neighborhood gangs kill each other with no reason. It's stupid when countries fight wars. Not stupid to respect all living things." - Mr. Miyagi

29. "Daniel-san, you look revenge. That way you start by digging two grave." - Mr. Miyagi

30. "Fighting always last answer to problem." - Mr. Miyagi

31. "One to one problem, yes. Five to one problem, too much ask anyone." - Mr. Miyagi

32. "Attitude teacher rest in fist. Stupid, but fact of life. You show good fight, win lose no matter, you get respect. No more bother." - Mr. Miyagi

33. "Not everything is as looks, you know." - Mr. Miyagi 

Mr. Miyagi Inspirational Quotes For Wisdom:  "For man with no forgiveness in heart, living worse punishment than death." - Mr Miyagi
34. "For man with no forgiveness in heart, living worse punishment than death." - Mr Miyagi

35. "Secret of punch is to make whole power of body fit into one inch." - Mr. Miyagi

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